What Happens In Las Vegas, Happens Everywhere!Written by Robert LaGrone
What Happens In Las Vegas, Happens Everywhere!
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Gambling, drinking, and lust: Las Vegas Philharmonic ended its 2004-2005 season with musical works reflecting our city’s three core values..
On Town is a 1944 Broadway musical (and later a movie) whose songs were written by legendary American composer Leonard Bernstein. The Philharmonic opened with three dance tunes from this story of three sailors looking for action while on liberty in New York. Lively, jazzy, and stylish, songs perfectly embody vibrant energy of great city. On other hand, plot sounds like most bachelor parties right here in Vegas.
Poker, anyone? In 1936 Igor Stravinsky wrote Jeu de Cartes (“the card game”). In this beautifully orchestrated “ballet in three deals,” queens do a flirtatious dance and pompous joker makes recurring mischief before being ultimately defeated by a royal flush. As in Samuel Barber’s tone poem about Prometheus, music describes a scene and action, but while Stravinsky’s music makes for great listening, I often couldn’t tell queen from joker. Remind me to stay out of casinos around here.
Bejeezus: n. 1. a spirit of calm and safety existing within most humans and just waiting to be scared out.
If you’ve heard first part of Carmina Burana on classical radio stations or in movie soundtracks, you’ve probably also heard it replayed in your worst nightmares. “Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi,” is apocalyptic opening that cries out, “Monstrous fate . . . you plot against me by trickery, so that my naked back is exposed to your lashes.” Imagine those words belted out in Latin by a chorus of almost one hundred people from Las Vegas Master Singers and Las Vegas Philharmonic Chorus, backed by orchestra with five booming tympani drums. When “Fortuna” ended, I was still too riveted to snicker at audience member who broke inter-movement silence by exclaiming, “Wow!”
It may not surprise you to learn that lyrics of Carl Orff’s 1936 masterwork are taken from poems written in a Bavarian monastery in Middle Ages. (The title means “Songs of Benediktbeuren.”) The twist is that poems — written mostly in Latin, with bits of Old German and Old French — are satirical and quite pagan, and they deal mostly with themes of gambling, drinking, and springtime lust. Some dreams are same all over.
Baroness Elisa and Synergy to Perform in Bergen Monday May 23rdWritten by Daniel J. Rowe
Baroness Elisa (www.baronesselisa.com) is performing with “Synergy” on luxury Fred Olsen cruise liner Braemer in Bergen, Norway on Monday, May 23rd. "Elegant, but not stuffy" best describes atmosphere on board Braemar which came into service in 2001. At 19,089 tons and with 376 well-appointed cabins and suites, Braemar upholds Fred Olsen tradition of small-ship intimacy without compromising on personal space.
On board, Baroness’ performance is small and intimate before returning to United States for a charitable event in South Florida later this summer. Baroness Elisa defines best in cabaret theater and South Florida audiences are invited support leading Gay and Lesbian organization, Compass,in a spectacular charity fundraiser in Delray Beach on Sunday, August 7th. Compass, Inc. (www.compassglcc.com), is Palm Beach County gay and lesbian community center dedicated to promoting pride, diversity, and public awareness of, for, and by Palm Beach County’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) residents and visitors. Compass provides social services and support for gay youth and gay families. Compass also offers a clean, safe meeting space for a variety of national, state, and local organizations as well as social, service, support and athletic groups that meet diverse interests of county’s LGBT people. Compass is largest LGBT community center in Southeast United States and is seventh largest in nation in budget size, staff size and diversity of funded programs.